3D Printing Service

Prototyping: 3D printing is useful to create prototypes and test parts that are in development.

Small Production Runs: 3D printing is not only for prototypes but can also be used to create the final product that can be sold to the public. The quantity of a small production run depends on the size of the product. Small products can be between 1 and 50 while larger parts are between 1 and 15.

What is needed?: The part in a STL, STEP, SAT, IGES or parasolid format.


Material

Formatize uses the following materials:

ABS Plastic

ABS is a strong, durable and flexible plastic that is also used to create cell phone covers and even crash helmets. It can withstand temperatures up to 100°C. The material can be sanded, painted and glued with superglue or epoxy.


PLA Plastic

PLA is a biodegradable plastic made from renewable resources such as corn starch. It is a strong and flexible material that is very solvent resistant and therefore difficult to glue. It can withstand temperatures up to 60°C.


Crystal Flex

A translucent material that is very tough. It has good flexibility and is ideal to print bottles and tubs. Parts with thick walls are rigid and strong.


Flexible / Rubber

A material with good flexibility but with poor memory. Surface finish is rougher than the other materials and is not suitable for all parts. Operator will decide if the material is suitable for the desired part.


Laywood

A material that consists of 40% wooden fibres and 60% plastic polymers. The material looks similar to MDF/supawood and is suitable for simple chunky parts. Parts with thin walls tend to flex unless it has a wall thickness of at least 8mm. The material can be sanded by hand and painted.


Solid Infill

3D printed parts aren’t solid and use a honey comb structure:

The honey comb structure saves cost and material but still produces strong parts. The operator will choose the most appropriate setting.


Resolution / Quality:

Layer heights

0.125mm - 0.15mm: Used for Small parts
0.2mm: Most common setting
0.25mm - 0.3mm: Used on Larger Parts

Operator will choose most appropriate setting.


Tolerance

The printer will recognise tolerances of 0.1mm.


Maximum Part Size

225mm (W) x 235mm (L) x 200mm (H)

Large parts can be split into separate components and assembled afterwards.